Back to Basics

Back to Basics (BtB) is a series of bimonthly, virtual professional development sessions and webinars designed to connect our academic advising community with our colleagues from adjacent student-serving programs and offices. The overarching goal of the series is twofold: 1) to provide advisors with up-to-date information and 2) to encourage the development of collegial, interdepartmental relationships. By working together and learning from each other, our academic advising community can achieve more collectively than individually. We believe this creates a more effective and supportive advising environment for our students and is foundational for their success.

At least 6 sessions will be held during the calendar year, but more may be offered based on demand and advisor feedback. Unless otherwise noted, the sessions are held on Tuesday afternoons, begin at 1:00 PM EST, and are either 30 or 60 minutes at the presenter’s preference. The agenda of each session is largely directed by the presenter. When possible and with permission from the presenter, we attach supplementary materials to the Google calendar event and upload the session recording to our Talent playlist.

Please see below our upcoming schedule:

Office/Unit

Topic

Presenter

Date

Student Affairs Dean of Student Advocacy Gabe Willis 4/23/2024

Strategic Enrollment Management and Student Success

Richmond Talent Pathway

Amy Webster

6/4/2024

School of Business

Financial Success Center

Amy Pridemore

6/18/2024

Adult and Non-Traditional Student Services Adult Learner Experience Stephanie Ganser 7/2/2024
Records and Registration Undergraduate Credit Hour Threshold Carolina Wilson 7/16/2024
Humanities and Sciences Chemistry Placement Deborah Polo 7/30/2024

Subscribe to our Google Calendar for Zoom URL and calendar events.

For questions about our BtB series or if your office would like to present a session, please contact Katina Velentzas, Coordinator of Strategic Initiatives, at kvelentzas@vcu.edu.